The 23 Best Spanish Shows on Netflix

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Photo credit: Sanchi Oberoi
Photo credit: Sanchi Oberoi

Netflix’s library of Spanish language shows is so good. Yeah, there’s a whole world outside of Narcos (which I high-key recommend bingeing ASAP if you haven’t yet). I’m talking everything from hilarious comedies to super-intense dramas to spooky true-crime docuseries—all in Spanish…at least, all mostly in Spanish—just *waiting* to be watched while you polish off a bottle of pinot.

Whether Spanish is your first language or you’re trying to brush up on what you learned in high school (or you are trying to broaden your TV horizons and don’t mind subtitles ’cause you’re cultured like that), you’ll love streaming one of the best Spanish shows on Netflix tonight.

Élite

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When three poor students enroll at a very wealthy private school, they clash with the rich kids. A classic tale, yes, but what happens next is less expected: murder!

Cable Girls

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Imagine this: It’s 1920s Spain and the country’s first national phone company is being set up in Madrid. The show follows four women who are hired to work there as they try to balance their jobs, friends, family, and romance.

Money Heist

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A group of eight robbers, led by the mysterious “Professor,” take over the Royal Mint of Spain, holding people hostage while they try to print and escape with billions of $$$.

Locked Up

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If you liked Orange Is the New Black, you’ll LOVE Locked Up. Here’s the gist: Girl falls in love with her boss. Boss asks girl to manipulate their accounting. Girl gets sent to jail for tax crimes.

Grand Hotel

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Set in the early 20th century, a young (and very handsome) man named Julio goes to the fancy hotel where his sister works to meet her—only to find out that she has totally disappeared. He decides to infiltrate the hotel by pretending to be a footman so he can figure out what went down.

Velvet

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This is a star-crossed lovers story, perfect for the hopeless romantic. It follows the heir to a fashion house who falls madly in love with a lowly seamstress, much to the dismay of his whole family.

Paquita Salas

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This is a hilarious mockumentary about a talent agent named Paquita Salas, whose outdated style gets her ditched by her most famous client. Now, she’s on the hunt for new talent.

Morocco: Love in Times of War

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It’s 1921 and a group of nurse trainees from Madrid’s upper class is sent to Morocco to open a hospital to help Spanish soldiers. As with any good medical show, they manage to find friendship and romance between saving lives.

High Seas

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This is like watching an old-timey murder mystery. A luxury ship is sailing from Spain to Rio de Janeiro when out of nowhere, people mysteriously start dying and secrets about two sisters on board begin to trickle out.

Merlí

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A heartwarming show about a philosophy teacher with a fondness for unorthodox teaching methods who encourages his students to think freely. It’s definitely got some serious Dead Poet’s Society vibes going on.

Criminal: Spain

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If you consume police procedurals like they’re double chocolate chip cookies, then let me introduce you to Criminal: Spain. It’s part of Netflix’s Criminal anthology, which includes episodes set in other countries, like Germany, France, and the UK.

The Hockey Girls

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Seven members of a girls’ roller hockey team are looking to be champions on the rink while also fitting in school, family, and a little romance between games.

The Alcàsser Murders

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Where my true-crime fans at? This one’s for you. This docuseries has new interviews and analysis of the 1992 kidnapping, torture, and murder of three teenage girls who were trying to hitchhike to a nightclub in eastern Spain. It’s pretty wild and definitely upsetting.

Hache

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It’s the 1960s in Barcelona and sex worker Helena earns the love of the very dangerous heroin cartel leader. She leverages this attention to work her way up through the ranks. Pretty badass.

Three Days of Christmas

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Don’t be fooled by the title—this show has its fair share of drama. It revolves around four sisters all dealing with family secrets at three different points in their lives, all on Christmas Day.

Examination of Conscience

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Warning: This show is really heavy. It’s a documentary miniseries that takes a look at child abuse allegations at three Spanish Marist Brother schools in Spain. Interviews with victims, clergy members, and experts reveal just how little support there was for survivors and how the laws work against them.

Nailed It! Mexico

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If you know and love the hilarious baking competition show Nailed It, then you’ll definitely love the Mexican version. Home bakers try to recreate baking masterpieces, usually with amazingly disastrous results.

45 RPM

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In '60s Madrid, disgraced music executive Guillermo Rojas teams up with his assistant Maribel Campoy to launch a new record label. This show is as dramatic as it is addicting.

The Neighbor

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Things are kinda messy for Javier right now, considering he just became a full-blown superhero (with special powers and everything) and his recent ex-girlfriend is on a mission to uncover his identity. It’s a fun, lighthearted superhero show for when you need a break from all the dramas.

Cathedral of the Sea

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In this show, we’re going way back to the 1300s to witness a lowly serf attempt to climb his way to wealth while encountering straight-up disdain (and sometimes violence) from the noble class. It’s based on a Spanish novel of the same name.

Victim Number 8

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Based on the events of the 2017 Barcelona attack, this show revolves around a jihadi bombing in Bilbao, Spain, and the police’s investigation to catch those responsible for the deadly strike.

Four Seasons in Havana

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This four-part series, based on the books The Havana Quartet, is for all you crime TV junkies. It follows Lieutenant Mario Conde and his partner Sergeant Manolo Palacios as they try to solve crimes in the heart of Cuba.

Narcos

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Although Narcos isn’t entirely in Spanish, most of the dialogue is. And in case you’re not familiar with the plot, it’s all about the IRL rise of drug king Pablo Escobar and his billion-dollar cocaine empire.

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